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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-423-2010
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love eating at Gilda's. They have dinner specials every day of the week. Their food/specials are very reasonable in price. Resonable size portions. Every Wednesday they have prime rib for $10.95. Warm bread and butter comes with every meal. The service is great. The prime rib is popular so get there early.

Thank Joan J
Sulphur, Louisiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent view of the water and sea life. We saw sea lions, otters and countless types of birds while having an excellent breakfast. Sue Sue was our waitress and she was very efficient and friendly. Can't wait to go back!

Thank KJR73
Fairfield, California
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful view, great food and wonderful staff. We love the historical photos and newspaper articles on the walls. The Stagnaro family is part of the fabric of Santa Cruz. We loved and miss Gilda.

Thank Kay L
Sliema, Malta
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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Santa Cruz in a strange place and you will enjoy strolling the wharf. If you are there ,do not miss Gilda's. We had the best steak and lobster of all our California trip. Fun and good food this is what you expect for lunch, and you will find it there. The wine was also perfect and the price just unbelievable... More 

Thank coquelicotbretagne
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Located right on the wharf, we stopped in after looking at the menu. We were with a college student and she recommended eating on the wharf. She especially wanted fresh salmon and this place looked inviting. Our waitress was on the ball and immediately waited on us. Our college student had the salmon dinner which she proclaimed delicious. My wife... More 

Thank StevoinMinnesoto
Isle of Barra, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Food was fresh and delicious..cocktails fabulous...great atmosphere with friendly and helpful waiting staff

Thank shazzaandmickle
Arnold, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is a fine choice among Wharf restaurants. Some diner-style seating, some great ocean-view tables, a cozy bar. Delicious food and plenty of it, and very good service. Our waiter was "Greg" and personable and attentive -- and apparently experienced and knowledgeable. Many choices on the Wharf -- can't go wrong with this one especially if your favorite happens to... More 

Thank Doug R
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148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Had the privilege of eating our Thanksgiving meal here yesterday What a wonderful meal HD made reservations here two days before Snd glad we had as it was packed In addition to their regular menu they featured a complete Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey of your choice dressing mashed potatoes fresh steamed vegetables choice of soup or chowder and the... More 

Thank rnprofessr
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85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

To stop here was a last minute decision, but we're glad we ate here. Drove on the pier to find a parking space. Since it wasn't too busy (Tuesday), parking spaces were abundant. We were seated promptly in the restaurant, the waters came promptly, and our order was taken. My friend and I decided on the same meal -- A... More 

Thank Anne N
Bullhead City, Arizona
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71 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

As my wife and I walked along the wharf everyday we noticed this always had a lot of people inside which is a good sign. We ordered the sea food platter and it was very good along with the service.

Thank JimandSuki_11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2010

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